[K12OSN] xdm's Chooser feature

Petre Scheie petre at maltzen.net
Mon Apr 19 13:22:04 UTC 2004

As an alternative approach, you could run Xnest on your laptop and point it 
either at your desktop server or your K12LTSP server. Xnest allows you to run 
xdmcp queries of other servers, in a window, by using display :1 (your laptop's 
display is likely on :0). I do this on my laptop.  I setup an icon on the 
desktop that points at my ltsp server such that when I click on it, it brings up 
the login screen in a separate window.  I think you can also set it to run 
full-screen, but whenever I try that I have trouble getting back to display :0 
so I just use a window.  I use it mostly to run IE on top of Win4Lin, which is 
installed on my ltsp server; I can't justify buying a whole second copy to keep 
on my laptop, because I don't use very often, but this gives me easy access to 
it on those odd times when I need it.


Gentgeen wrote:
> I was wondering if any of you have fiddled with xdm and the chooser feature.  I have a laptop that runs as a stand alone sometime, and other times as an X terminal with my desktop as my server, and other times as an X terminal with my K12LTSP server at school.  I have found that xdm has the ability to allow you to "choose" which one you log into, but I could not figure it out.  I have already gone through the mini-how-to, but could not get it to work.  I was hoping that someone out there could give me a little insight.
> As of now, xdm starts on boot-up, but only accessing the local X server, I then have to go to a vertual terminal, log-in then issue 'X :1 -query xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx'  I would like for xdm to show the three choices when I start.  At least, that is how I understand the documentation for the chooser feature of xdm.  Am I understanding this right?  
> Could anyone send my a copy of the config files?  I have tried, but I seem to be doing something wrong and I can not figure it out.
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